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MAS Worker Shuts Cage Door on Puppy’s Leg Four Times : Send Sample Letter to MAS

March 19, 2012
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This is a clip of security camera footage obtained via FOIA request from the Memphis pound.  At about 9:33am on the timestamp, a worker scruffs a puppy out of his cage, failing to support his weight from beneath, and roughly places the puppy into a small wire cage on the floor.  The puppy’s leg is hanging over the side of the cage and the worker closes the door on the leg 4 times until the puppy finally frees his leg.  Another puppy is scruffed and put into the small cage and the worker then goes out of camera view.  At approximately 9:34, the worker returns, stuffs 2 more puppies into the cage and carries the cage off camera.  At about 9:42am, the worker returns with an empty wire cage, scruffs 2 more pups, putting them into the small cage and carrying them away.

If you choose to contact city leaders in Memphis, please keep your comments respectful. We can condemn what’s going on at the pound while maintaining civility and a sense of professionalism. If the city receives 2000 well written complaints and 2 filled with hate speech, it will take those 2 to the media as representative of all animal advocates. In order to have the greatest impact on helping the pets at MAS, please keep your comments courteous when writing to city officials.



WHOM TO CONTACT EMAIL BLOCK | COPY & PASTE INTO YOUR TO:

ac.wharton@memphistn.gov, janet.hooks@memphistn.gov, james.rogers@memphistn.gov, MASBoard@memphistn.gov, Berlin.Boyd@memphistn.gov, Bill.Boyd@memphistn.gov, bill.morrison@memphistn.gov, Myron.Lowery@memphistn.gov, janis.fullilove@memphistn.gov, harold.collins@memphistn.gov, wanda.halbert@memphistn.gov, Joe.Brown@memphistn.gov, shea.flinn@memphistn.gov, Kemp.Conrad@memphistn.gov, edmund.fordjr@memphistn.gov, reid.hedgepeth@memphistn.gov, Jim.Strickland@memphistn.gov, doctower@aol.com, info@utopiaanimalhospital.com


SAMPLE LETTER

To Whom It Concerns,

I have seen video footage of the inappropriate handling of puppies and I am writing in opposition of the treatment of animals by Memphis Animal Services; I am respectfully requesting that policy changes be implemented immediately.   A few of my concerns include the killing of animals when there are empty cages or who have not been given the chance to integrate with a potential forever home; failure of shelter to vaccinate all incoming animals; the killing of pets who are not medically hopeless and suffering nor have they been declared a danger to society by a qualified party; failure of the shelter to provide daily aerobic exercise for dogs for social stimulation and in order to reduce stress and make the population less susceptible to disease; failure of the shelter to remove dogs and food from cages during cleaning as per standard disease prevention protocol; failure of the shelter to utilize their Chameleon software to interface with PetHarbor so that every pet is viewable online by the public; failure of the shelter to properly train and/or enforce humane handling of pets by the staff; and the killing of pets due to disease outbreak without ever making a public plea for help with quarantine to save lives.

This type of mass abuse using such a brutal and inappropriate type of treatment in such a central and visible location would certainly adversely affect both visitation and tourism; it would be financially detrimental to continue with such a cruel and unnecessary treatment, and although I do not currently reside in Memphis, I would be unwilling to consider it, or nearby, as a potential vacation destination if this type of handling continues.

I am in favor of a no-kill policy, and I believe you will find it matches your needs and would be both ethical and compassionate for the animals, who deserve respect, compassion, and dignity. Please find information HERE.

I know your time is limited and I thank you for your considerations and attention to this urgent matter.

NAME


11 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    March 19, 2012 6:42 pm

    To whom this may or may not concern
    Shelter animals have feelings,
    It is about time you learn
    They should not be tormented
    Nor wantonly “destroyed”
    Because you are crowded
    Or they make you annoyed

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  2. Isabelle permalink
    March 19, 2012 7:09 pm

    Just wrote a letter, and asked that, the evil man be fired if he hadn’t already been. All my animals come from kill shelters. Why? Because those are the ones that don’t have a chance. It’s a tragedy that animals are not a high priority in these kill shelters, they didn’t asked to be there, they were deserted for what ever reasons. So why make their lives that much more miserable. That mans was clearing torturing that poor puppy, he knew what he was doing! We really need to end puppy mills and over breeding and focus on saving the lives in kill shelters…

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    • March 20, 2012 11:59 am

      I completely agree, thank you so much for your input and help, Isabelle.

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  3. SHIREEN permalink
    March 20, 2012 11:51 am

    TO ISABELLE.. WHAT A VERY GOOD LETTER YOU HAVE WRITTEN HERE IT IS HORRIFIC WHAT THIS BRUTE OF A MAN IS DOING TO THESE POOR PUPPIES,, WHAT IS A MAN LIKE THIS DOING WORKING HERE WITH NO RESPECT FOR THE LIVES OF THESE LITTLE DEARS WHO NEITHER ASKED TO BE BORN OR END UP IN A PLACE LIKE THIS.. DISGUSTING & VERY SAD !

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  4. linda badham permalink
    March 20, 2012 2:57 pm

    WHAT A CRUEL POS THIS SCUMBAG IS ! HE SHOULD BE ARRESTED FOR CRUELTY AND PUT IN PRISON AND BANNED FROM EVER GOING NEAR AN ANIMAL LET ALONE WORKING WITH THEM !

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    • March 20, 2012 5:36 pm

      It is unbelievable how much cruelty occurs at the very hands of people. What is wrong with them that they can do this??? I will NEVER understand.

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      • linda badham permalink
        March 20, 2012 6:32 pm

        I never get people stacey, only kind ones like us and fighters for the animals .x

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  5. Victoria Sadaka permalink
    March 21, 2012 10:35 am

    I will not step foot in Memphis. Not spending a dime there!

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